March 2011

Posted in Status Report, Writing at 8:01 am by Amber

Happy April Fool’s Day!  It was a holiday my family never celebrated which is surprising.  Aren’t older brothers supposed to be full of hijinks and pranks?  Maybe they were too well behaved or I didn’t take pranks well. 

These statistics are all for short stories, poems, or contest entries. Book reviews are not included.

  1. Sales in March: 0
  2. Rejections in March: 0
  3. Submissions sent out in March: 0
  4. Total stories/poems/contests pending responses: 1

March was not a good month for writing anything new.  I took a workshop on how to use my characters’ personalities to drive the plot forward.  It made me rethink the point of view used in Three Girls, a Corgi, and a Dead Body.  I’m thinking I should switch it from the widowed sister to the single sister.  It’s something that’s going to take a while to figure out.

I also took a deconstruction workshop on The Fifth Element in March.  One topic covered was Chekhov’s Gun which I now realize is one of my favorite things to look for in books and movies.

One of my LiveJournal communities decided to do critiques this year and I submitted a short story.  The feedback was extremely helpful in giving me an idea of what could be done to improve it.  April should bring some more writing and editing on it.

What plans do you have for April?